Despite some of the world's worst PR moves and just plain bad timing, Arison and Carnival keep coming out smelling like roses, or at least booking enough cheap rooms on its ships that they can by enough roses to improve the scent.
Once again, the richest have gotten richer.
For the fourth consecutive year, Mexico’s Carlos Slim has taken the No. 1 spot on the Forbes’ list of the world’s richest individuals, bumping his net worth to $73 billion from $69 billion in 2012.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is again at No. 2 with $67 billion. Investor Warren Buffett slipped to fourth places, ousted by Amancio Ortego of Zara, who moved into third place with $57 billion.
Heat owner and Carnival Cruise Chairman Micky Arison was the highest ranking South Floridian on the list, tying for the 211 slot with $5.7 billion; his sister, Shari Arison, who lives in Israel, ranked No. 308 with $4.2 billion.
Gustavo Cisneros and his family, owners of Miami-based Venevision, tied for No. 286 with $4.4 billion. Also at No. 286 was Dolphins’ owner Steve Ross. Donald Trump, who has been mixing it up with his Doral neighbors since buying the resort last year, dragged in at No. 423 with $3.2 billion.
Other locals in the top 1000 included Miami medical entrepreneur Philip Frost at No. 554 with $2.6 billion. Subway founder Fred de Luca, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, tied for No. 554 with $2.6 billion.
Fort Lauderdale entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga ranked 612 with $2.45 billion. The George Lindemann family (the younger George lives on Miami Beach) tied for No. 613 at $2.4 billion. Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene was at No. 631 with $2.3 billion.
Former Miamian Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook who made waves when he became a Singapore citizen last year, was No. 670 with $2.2 billion.
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Photo Credit: Miami Heat owner Micky Arison watches the Heat practice for Game 3 of the NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Saturday, June 16, 2012. David Santiago / El Nuevo Herald / MCT